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Hawk's Eye golf course - no. 2

Bellaire Sixpack: A half dozen courses make this a coveted northern Michigan golf destination

There isn't much to this tiny village in northern Michigan, some 45 minutes northeast of Traverse City. Golf, however, is plentiful in these parts. Six courses -- including three of the best in the state -- huddle within a few miles of one another.
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University of Michigan Golf Course - 6th

University of Michigan course in Ann Arbor showcases classic Alister MacKenzie golf

The University of Michigan Golf Course is one of the best college courses in the country. Built in 1931 and designed by none other than Alister MacKenzie, a renovation was completed in 1994 by U-M alum Arthur Hills. It's open to university students, staff and faculty, but the public can play this limited daily-fee golf course. Find out how.
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Forest Dunes Golf Club - hole 8

It doesn't get any better than Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon

Forest Dunes Golf Club wows players with top service, a massive Adirondack-style golf clubhouse, greens as good as any in the country and a course ranked no. 23 among the "Top 100 Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. The name implies all golfers need to know about the routing. Tom Weiskopf masterfully found corridors through the trees on the front nine, while the back meanders through more open meadows and sandy waste areas.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    Wilderness Valley Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Wilderness Valley Course is a player friendly complement to the more challenging Black Forest Course. Together, there is something for players of any skill level at the resort. The Wilderness Valley Course has the same rolling terrain of its sister course but the bunkering is more understated and the greens are more forgiving.
    Marsh Ridge G.C. sprawls across rolling hills and acres of carefully preserved marshlands. The towering trees and dramatic elevation changes distinguish the golf course as one of the area's best and most scenic.
    Since opening in 1994, Loon Golf Club has become one of the most popular golf courses in the Gaylord area. The Loon Course features fast, undulating greens and narrow fairways surrounded by numerous strategically placed bunkers.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Gladstone Golf Course in Gladstone, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1936. Designed by A. H. Jolly, Gladstone Golf Course measures 6456 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Newberry Country Club is located in the Upper Peninsula just 45 minutes north of the Mackinaw Bridge. Opened in 1922, the golf course has long been northern Michigan's premier play. The layout underwent a major redesign in 2013 that added new bunkers, tee boxes, fairways and approach cuts. In addition to the strategically placed bunkers and mature trees, water also comes into play on a few holes in the form of ponds and streams and the gently rolling terrain provides a few tricky lies.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    The Cedar River Course was Tom Weiskopf's first design in Michigan. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the country. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the landscape, providing a wealth of unique shot opportunities. The dramatic elevation changes define the traditional layout, which gives an excellent rhythm to the course.
    Marsh Ridge G.C. sprawls across rolling hills and acres of carefully preserved marshlands. The towering trees and dramatic elevation changes distinguish the golf course as one of the area's best and most scenic.
    Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is one of the courses that put the Harbor Springs area of northern Michigan on the map as one of the state's most popular golfing destinations. The scenic location offers panoramic views with the ability on clear days to see all the way to Little Traverse Bay on several holes. The rolling terrain provides elevated tees and green complexes that will test your skills picking the proper club.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Sprawling across a majestic landscape covered with spring-fed ponds and mature oaks, The Golf Club at Mt. Brighton offers a challenging round as well as stunning scenery. The golf course shares the grounds with a ski resort, guaranteeing a variety of dramatic elevation changes throughout.
    The 18-hole Links AT Whitmore Lake in Whitmore Lake, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1994. Designed by Bill Newcomb, Links AT Whitmore Lake measures 6204 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 68.
    Golden Hawk Golf Club is an 18-hole course in Casco Township, which is just south of Richmond. You won't find too many elevation changes throughout the course but you will encounter plenty of water. There are also 36 bunkers coming into play on 12 holes.
  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    Tucked away amidst rolling hills and abundant wildlife, Thornapple Creek Golf Club is one of the most secluded courses in lower Michigan. It has long been a local favorite, but not just for the beautiful scenery, this player-friendly yet challenging course offers an enjoyable round for all skill levels. The gently undulating greens still provide true-rolling putting surfaces and the carefully manicured fairways add to the golf course's appeal.
    Grand Haven Golf Club sits along the shores of Lake Michigan. It has a diverse landscape of natural sand dunes combined with forests of mature hardwoods. It is known for its excellent conditions, which is partly due to sandy soil that provides better conditioning and has the added benefit of being almost immediately playable after rain. The fairways are lined with towering pines and the greens have subtle but tricky undulations.
    The 18-hole Tyler Creek Golf Course in Alto, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1973. Designed by Mark DeVries, Tyler Creek Golf Course measures 6110 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 69.